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Education

High School Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure Program

Empower students to build skills for lifetime success.

High school is an exciting and sometimes daunting time for students, as they start to think ahead to college and careers. As a grades 8-12 teacher, you can make a positive impact on their path to adulthood using strategies and skills that will encourage success.

In this program, you'll focus on one of eight content areas.* You’ll investigate aspects of adolescent development in the areas of language, memory, sensory perception, emotion, and attention. Develop instructional units and effective teaching strategies. Discover how project-based collaborative learning can engage students in meaningful explorations. 

You'll explore best practices for instruction and assessment, and learn how to work with diverse student populations, including English language learners. Learn the importance of equity and social justice, which are woven throughout your study. Throughout, you'll bring creativity and self-reflection to all you do, working with your faculty to co-construct new knowledge and practices.

At the end of your program, you can practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom through an immersive student teaching experience.

Then, with the skills needed for a rewarding career, you'll graduate from the university that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years. You'll emerge knowing that you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

*This program prepares you for licensure in one of eight content areas:

  • Biology (8–12)
  • Chemistry (8–12)
  • Earth and Space Science (8–12)
  • English (5–12)
  • History (5–12)
  • Mathematics (8–12)
  • Physics (8–12)
  • Social Sciences (5–12)

As of July 1, 2019, English, History, and Social Sciences licenses span grades 5-12.

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program

34 Credits
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On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. 

Start this program in November, 2020, in:

New Bedford, MA
Sturbridge, MA

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Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Summer 2020 Residency Update

Every summer, a new cohort of students starts its teacher residency program by taking courses on the Lesley campus in Cambridge, MA. This summer, for the well-being of our community, and in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, we have decided to offer all summer learning in a remote format. We will use synchronous online instruction through electronic platforms and tools, as well as assign independent online work that you’ll complete at your own pace.

In addition, we will build a community through online platforms, where you can communicate regularly with your instructors and peers. While we will miss being together in our face-to-face format, we look forward to seeing each other in our virtual courses and community gatherings.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our high school education program prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Linda Triplett
Linda Mensing-Triplett
Linda brings to her teaching a range of educational experiences. She’s been a teacher of students with severe special needs, a child psychologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health, a school psychologist for several school districts, and a neuropsychologist for North Shore Children’s Hospital—just to name a few.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
High School Education
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 34
    $28,900
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The per credit tuition rate listed is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 34
    $22,100
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $220
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $390/credit x 34
    $13,260
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $220
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $100
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

These tuition rates and fees are for students who live and work in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Students who do not live or work in Bristol County would pay the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible for Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

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